From Dubai to the Heart of Asia: A 7-Night Cruise on MSC Virtuosa

Join us for an unforgettable adventure from Dubai to Asia on board the MSC Virtuosa. This 7-night cruise offers luxury, excitement, and stunning views, as well as delicious food and fantastic entertainment.

Discover vibrant markets, beautiful beaches, and so much more at each stop – there will never be a dull moment!

Come with us as we take you through the itinerary for this incredible trip so you can start dreaming about all the incredible things you’ll do and see.

About the Ship

MSC Virtuosa is a cruise ship that belongs to the Meraviglia-Plus class. It represents elegance and progress while sailing. Having made her debut in 2019, the vessel measures an impressive 331 meters – providing travelers with a luxurious environment in which they can enjoy themselves as much as they please.

At double occupancy, MSC Virtuosa can host 4,842 passengers; however, should all beds be filled, she has room for up to 6,334 holidaymakers.

This makes for a lively onboard atmosphere where people have every opportunity to socialize or find their own space. Helping things run smoothly are 1,704 crew members who provide excellent service throughout your trip.

Accommodation On Board

MSC Virtuosa has a range of cabins to choose from, so guests can find one that suits them perfectly. Here are the different types you’ll find on board:

  • Inside Cabins: Comfortable and affordable, these cabins are a great place to relax after a busy day onboard – or ashore.
  • Oceanview Cabins: With big windows overlooking the sea, you might find it difficult to tear yourself away from your cabin and get out exploring!
  • Balcony Cabins: Your own private balcony area means fresh air whenever you want it, not to mention some fantastic views while cruising into or out of port.
  • Suites: Expect lots of space, beautiful furnishings, and those little extra touches when you book a suite. Think along the lines of butler service plus access to private lounges and restaurants. Perfect if you like the sound of exclusivity (or just crave some serious pampering).

Activities & Entertainment

Enjoy an adventure-packed trip on board MSC Virtuosa with something for everyone. For the ultimate luxury and tranquillity, book into the exclusive MSC Yacht Club – expect 24/7 butler service here. Be wowed by Cirque du Soleil at Sea, which promises awe-inspiring performances.

Unwind with a Balinese-inspired treatment at the Aurea Spa while kids let off steam on the Polar AquaPark’s slides and ropes course. Brave types shouldn’t miss Vertigo – a 112-metre slide that extends over the side of the ship. Work up a sweat in the MSC Gym by Technogym or join one of many classes offered daily.

Teens have their own dedicated hangouts where they can make friends and enjoy activities such as gaming; adults might prefer to socialize over cocktails at the TV Studio & Bar, which also has live music and comedy.

Restaurants & Bars

Embark on a foodie’s paradise when you step aboard MSC Virtuosa. With an array of restaurants and bars catering to all tastes and occasions, there really is something for everyone – whether you’re after high-end dining or a quick bite before hitting the buffet.

Toast your holiday with bubbles at the Champagne Bar, sip expertly mixed cocktails at Edge Cocktail Bar, or sit back with a beer or wine in Meraviglia Bar & Lounge’s sleek surroundings.

Those wanting laidback vibes (and food and drink to match) should head to Marketplace Buffet, Bamboo Bar, and Atmosphere Bar North dish up refreshing drinks by the pool, too.

Infinity Bar in the atrium oozes class while serving your favorite tipple. For exclusive ambiance plus sea views, check out Top Sail Lounge, which is just for suite guests. Do bear in mind that some venues incur an extra fee!


You will start and finish the trip around Dubai, in which you will travel mesmerized for seven nights through the Arabian Peninsula. Set off from the busy city of UAE to explore other places during the week.

  • Day 1 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Welcome aboard at dazzling Dubai, where old and new meet. The sight of the city’s unique skyline as one leaves through the ship sets the pace for an eventful trip.
  • Day 2 – Doha, Qatar: After that, you will reach Doha, Qatar’s futuristic capital. Enjoy visiting this fast-developing town with its cultural museums, stunning architecture, and busy souks.
  • Day 3 – Bahrain, Bahrain: The next stop is Bahrain Island in the Arabian Gulf, a small country with a big legacy made out of pearls. Experience its ancient civilization ruins, contemporary art, and friendly citizens’ welcome.
  • Day 4 – Cruising: Take advantage of being on the sea all day, surrounded by the beautiful calmness of nature. The vessel has many things to do or facilities for your comfort, and it promises to be a leisurely but entertaining day.
  • Day 5 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: You will dock at Abu Dhabi, which is the capital of the UAE. See its marvelous structures, like the grand Sheikh Zayed mosque, before going to enjoy Ferrari World!
  • Day 6 – Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates: Call Sir Bani Yas Island, an unspoiled natural island with game animals. In such breathtaking surroundings, there can be nothing better than safaris, snorkeling, and kayaking trips.
  • Day 7 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Go back to Dubai, where you can see everything again. On your last day before ending, there are many ways to have fun, ranging from shopping in enormous malls to desert safaris.


Introducing a range of fascinating trips in each port of call during your MSC Virtuosa cruise

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of Dubai with trips to iconic sights such as the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, and bustling markets.

Go on adrenaline-pumping desert safaris and enjoy retail therapy at Dubai Mall – one of the world’s biggest shopping centers. Or delve into Emirati history at Dubai Museum.

Doha, Qatar

Experience Doha’s blend of ultramodern style and ancient roots with visits to its beautiful corniche (waterfront promenade), Museum of Islamic Art, and Souq Waqif marketplace. Sample Qatari cuisine at an authentic restaurant.

Check out contemporary architecture in Katara Cultural Village. Or admire the city skyline aboard a traditional dhow boat on a leisurely cruise.

Bahrain, Bahrain

Discover Bahrain’s rich history with trips to ancient sites such as the Bahrain Fort and Barbar Temple. Immerse yourself in the lively culture at Manama Souq or unwind on beautiful beaches along the coastline. Don’t miss experiencing traditional Arabian hospitality through local food and customs.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Embrace indulgence and opulence in Abu Dhabi with a trip to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace Hotel, and Ferrari World. For a taste of authentic Emirati culture, visit Heritage Village or go for leisurely strolls along Corniche Beach.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore art galleries or try sandboarding on desert dunes – it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates

Escape to paradise for a day of relaxation or adventure at Sir Bani Yas Island. Take part in thrilling activities such as wildlife safaris. Here, you can see exotic animals roaming freely across this conservation island!

Bottom Line

While disembarking the MSC Virtuosa and ending your Dubai-to-Asia cruise, take a minute to think. This is an experience that will stay with you for a long time.

There’s so much more than just great rooms, entertainment, and food (though it does have those in spades!). Each new port offers excitement galore!

So don’t let go of those feelings of exploration –– keep them safe as houses! Whether traveling near or far, may all the happiness from this trip be yours wherever you are. Safe travels!